Yesterday we spent the day in Gokayama, a small village in the mountains that dates back many centuries. Because of its isolation, it has maintained its cultural uniqueness. We saw many of the iconic gassho houses, A Frames with thatched roofs.
We were treated to a performance of Kokiriko by two talented ladies.
The instruments before them are made of 108 cypress wood panels. They held them in the handles on the end and snap them with their wrists, making a percussive sound. This is supposed to take away bad human tendencies.